JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~

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"JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~" (ジョジョ ~その()運命(さだめ), lit. "JoJo ~The Fate of That Blood~") is the first opening theme song of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Animation. It is performed by Hiroaki "TOMMY" Tominaga and was his debut solo release. Kamikaze Douga produced the opening animation sequence. It is used throughout the adaptation of the first part of the series, Phantom Blood, and as an insert song in the final episode of the season, which adapted Battle Tendency.

"JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ was written by Shoko Fujibayashi, composed by Kohei Tanaka, and arranged by Kow Otani. Fujibayashi and Tanaka are notable for contributing to various popular opening theme songs, and they previously worked together on the first opening theme song of One Piece, "We Are!".[2]

The single was released in Japan on November 21, 2012.[1]

Opening Animation

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The opening depicts the major highlights of Phantom Blood from the childhoods of Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando up to their climactic battle in adulthood.

It begins with a quick montage of manga panels of Jonathan's descendants shown in reverse order (Jolyne, Giorno, Josuke, Jotaro, and Joseph), each having at least two animated panels of their iconic scenes. Jonathan then appears in a monochrome panel recreating the pose from Volume 4. After color fills his body, he swipes downward with his fist causing the title to appear. 

The logo flashes and zooms in as the camera moves through a tunnel towards a door, which slams open into a stylized version of the Joestar Mansion. Young Jonathan stands on the stairway framed like a portrait. The scene pans to Dio jumping out of a painting of a carriage, like he did when arriving at the mansion, and the two stare each other down. It shifts over to a rotating Statue of the Goddess of Love. A sudden spin of the statue turns it into an arm holding the Stone Mask and another spin turns it into Jonathan's arm holding a knife, carving his and Erina's name into a tree. Erina is shown blushing and attempts to move in for a kiss from Jonathan, but is surprised and horrified when Dio kisses her instead. The scene then changes to Dio's perspective, as an enraged Jonathan appears and punches the camera, causing its gaze to shift onto the Stone Mask as blood splatters on it. The Stone Mask's eyes glow and the camera rotates behind it, as tendrils emerge from the mask and pull the camera in.

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The scene changes to when the police attempt to shoot Dio after he has put on the Stone Mask. Dio flies back after being shot and the window shatters. One of the broken pieces of glass shows the reflection of Jonathan holding his dying father. A moment later, Jonathan's arm points toward the sun. Dio, after gaining his new vampire abilities, walks up the wall of the burning Joestar mansion. The room spins and Dio appears up close holding the Stone Mask. He stabs a knife into the camera and another montage of scenes from the manga, featuring him as a child to an adult, commences.

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After a quick worried glance from Erina, the scene blinks to Jonathan staring at the darkness at the top of a stairwell. Swinging his arm, the Ripple shoots through his body. Jonathan then proceeds to walk up the stairs. He gradually picks up speed and starts running until his eyes are close up with his pupils filled with the flames of rage. At the top of the stairs, Dio sits on a throne, holding the Stone Mask in front of his face. A quick zoom into a reverse montage of scenes from the manga starts up, including one featuring Zeppeli at his last moments with Jonathan, which starts with the confrontation before their fight and ends with Dio and Jonathan meeting as children. Jonathan charges his Ripple overdrive and punches Dio, who attempts to block it. The camera rotates and zooms out from the battle up a long flight of spiral stairs. A moment later, the Stone Mask is seen falling into the ocean and slowly sinks to the bottom.

In the U.S. airing of Phantom Blood on Toonami, the opening was edited down to less than 30 seconds to fit American television guidelines for several more commercials than Japanese television broadcasts.

Appearances

Characters
Jolyne Cujoh
(Cameo)
Cioccolata
(Cameo)
Jotaro Kujo
(Cameo)
Stands
Stone Free
(Cameo)
Green Day
(Cameo)

Lyrics

Japanese Kanji
Japanese Rōmaji
English Translation

(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ)
(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!)

(JoJo! JoJo!)
(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)

(JoJo! JoJo!)
(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)


空 こぼれ落ちたふたつの星が
光と闇の水面 吸い込まれてゆく
引き合うように 重なる波紋

Sora! Koboreochita futatsu no hoshi ga
Hikari to yami no minamo suikomareteyuku
Hikiau yō ni kasanaru Hamon

Twin Stars! Streaking through the heavens
Stir the surface of light and darkness
Their Ripples echo together


誇りの道を往く者に 太陽の導きを
野望の果てを目指す者に 生贄を

Hokori no michi wo yuku mono ni taiyō no michibiki wo
Yabō no hate wo mezasu mono ni ikenie wo

The sun leads those who seek the path of glory
Demanding a sacrifice from all who pursue their ambition


(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ! ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!)

(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)

(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)


震えるほど心
燃え尽きるほど熱く
その手から放て 鼓動
身体 漲る勇気で
迷い無き覚悟に喝采を
~その血の運命(さだめ)~ ジョジョ

Furueru hodo kokoro
Moetsukiru hodo atsuku
Sono te kara hanate kodō
Karada minagiru yūki de
Mayoi naki kakugo ni 'Kassai' wo!
~Sono chi no sadame~ JoJo

Throbbing hearts burn
As if aflame
The pulse which beats forth from their palms
The courage which runs through their veins
Bravely embracing their fate!
~The fate of that blood~ JoJo


賽は投げられた 進むしかない
奇妙な螺旋の中 転がり続ける
永遠を彷徨う冒険者

Sai! Wa nagerareta susumu shikanai
Kimyō na rasen no naka korogaritsuzukeru
Eien wo samayō bōkensha

The die is cast! He can do nothing but advance
The eternally-wandering adventurer
Tumbles through a bizarre spiral


恐怖を認め 克つ者に 黄金の魂を
そして出会った 二人のために…戦いを

Kyōfu wo mitome tatsu mono ni ōgon no tamashī wo
Soshite deatta futari no tame ni tatakai wo

A golden soul for the man who conquers his fears
Fighting for the two who met, Fight


(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!)

(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)

(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)


幕が開いたようだ
終わりなき物語
命がぶつかる火花
青春の日々を照らせよ
君という未来に幸運を
~その血の運命(さだめ)~ ジョジョ

Maku ga aita yōda
Owarinaki monogatari
Inochi ga butsukaru hibana
Seishun no hibi wo terase yo
Kimi to iu mirai ni 'Kōun' wo
~Sono chi no sadame~ JoJo

The curtain rises
On an endless tale
Sparks of life collide
Lighting up the days of youth
May fortune shine on the future you bring
~The fate of that blood~ JoJo


二度とほどけない 絡み合った運命(さだめ)
すべてはここから始まっていたのさ

Nidoto hodokenai karamiatta sadame
Subete wa koko kara hajimatteita no sa

Two fates knot into one inseparably
It all began at that moment


震えるほど心
燃え尽きるほど熱く
その手から放て 鼓動
身体 漲る勇気で
迷い無き覚悟に喝采を

Furueru hodo kokoro
Moetsukiru hodo atsuku
Sono te kara hanate kodō
Karada minagiru yūki de
Mayoi naki kakugo ni 'Kassai' wo

Throbbing hearts burn
As if aflame
The pulse which beats forth from their palms
The courage which runs through their veins
Bravely embracing their fate


幕が開いたようだ
終わりなき物語
命がぶつかる火花
青春の日々を照らせよ
君という未来に幸運を
~その血の運命(さだめ)~ ジョジョ

Maku ga aita yōda
Owarinaki monogatari
Inochi ga butsukaru hibana
Seishun no hibi wo terase yo
Kimi to iu mirai ni 'Kōun' wo
~Sono chi no sadame~ JoJo

The curtain rises
On an endless tale
Sparks of life collide
Lighting up the days of youth
May fortune shine on the future you bring
~The fate of that blood~ JoJo


(ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!ジョジョ…ッ!)

(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)

(JoJo! JoJo! JoJo!)

Tracklist

All lyrics are written by Shoko Fujibayashi; all music is composed by Kohei Tanaka, all arrangement by Kow Otani.

No.TitleLength
1."JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~" (ジョジョ~その血の運命(さだめ))4:22
2."JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~ ~ORIGINAL KARAOKE~"4:22
Total length:8:46

For the "Archetype MIX" versions, see the album JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: The Anthology Songs 1.

Reception

"JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~" did moderately well in the charts, peaking at 14th place on the Oricon's Weekly Album Charts.[3] On Billboard Japan's Hot 100, it debuted at 52nd place[4] and peaked at 19th.[5] On Billboard Japan's Hot Animation chart, it debuted and peaked at 5th place.[6][7] On their Top Singles Sales it debuted and peaked at 10th place,[8] and left the charts after the week of February 25, 2013, after a 12-week run.[9] When the subsequent theme song, "BLOODY STREAM," by Coda entered the charts, "JoJo (Sono Chi no Sadame)" jumped from a ranking of 65th to 41st in one week on Oricon.[10]

Jun Yamamoto from Billboard stated that TOMMY's vocals and the accompanying brass band were said to be heart-pounding and reminiscent of classic anime theme songs. The lyrics resonate with the story of Phantom Blood, hinting at the fate of Jonathan Joestar in his fight against Dio Brando, and he believed the song would be loved by JoJo fans.[11]

Credits

Animation Staff

Staff
Director (演出)
Junpei Mizusaki
水崎 淳平
Animation Director (作画監督)
Naoki Yoshibe
Kanade Nagata
吉邉 尚希
永田 奏
Design Cooperation (デザイン協力)
Design Work
Rie Suzuki
鈴木 理恵
Other Credits
Animation Studio
神風動画
Producer
Takayuki Sasaki
佐々木 貴之

Music Staff

Music Staff
Composer 
Kohei Tanaka
Arranger 
Kow Otani
Musical Staff 
  • Drums: Noriyasu "Kasuke" Kawamura
  • Bass: Chiharu Mikuzuki
  • Guitar: Hiroshi Imaizumi
  • Trumpet: Luis Valle, Yuma Takeuchi (竹村悠馬)
  • Trombone: Kanade Shishiuchi
  • Alto Sax: Masato Honma
  • Tenor Sax: Ryouchi Daigou
  • Baritone Sax: Naoya Takemura
  • All Synth: Kow Otani
  • Program: Kow Otani
Production Staff 
  • Recording Engineer: Toshiyuki Yoshida
  • Mixing Engineer: Toshiyuki Yoshida
  • Recording Studio: GREENBIRD, SOUND CITY
  • Mixing Studio: SOUND CITY
  • Mastering Engineer: Shigeo Miyamoto
  • Mastering Studio: form THE MASTER
  • Music Production: IMAGINE
  • Producer: Hiroyuki Omori (Warner Entertainment Japan)
  • A&R: Akihiko Okada (Warner Entertainment Japan)
  • Promoter: Takashi Iida, Hideki Nakanishi, Yuki Maeda (Warner Entertainment Japan)

Illustration Staff

Illustration Staff
Art (原画) 
宝谷 幸稔
Art Supervisor (原画監修) 
清水 貴子
Coloring (仕上) 
Eriko Murata
村田 恵理子
プウワラーヌコア タービーポン
Special Effects (特効) 
ASAHI PRODUCTION
Finish (フィニッシュ) 
ソエジマ ヤスフミ
Jacket Design 
Ryota Shinogi (STEREOTYPE)

Usage

Anime

JoJo ~Sono Chi no Sadame~
Episode Duration Description

00:30 - 01:58
Opening
00:26 - 01:55
Opening
00:22 - 01:51
Opening
00:32 - 02:01
Opening
01:28 - 02:57
Opening
02:34 - 04:03
Opening
00:35 - 02:04
Opening
01:19 - 02:48
Opening
10:14 - 12:33
A volcanic eruption propels Kars into space

Video Games

The TV broadcast version of the song is included in the limited edition "Anison" version of the Weekly Shonen Jump crossover fighting game, J-Stars Victory Vs. It is one of the 21 anime theme songs included in the edition and can be used as background music during battles.

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